Brett Favre has yet to repay $600,000 of a promised $1.1 million in welfare money to the state of Mississippi, over a year after he promised to pay it back in full.
Favre’s company, Favre Agencies, was found to have been paid $1.1 million as part of a $94 million state embezzlement scandal from the 2019 fiscal year. An audit of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, released in May 2020, found he was paid the amount for appearances at three events, including a radio show and keynote address. It determined that not only was Favre paid an inordinate amount of money for those appearances, but also that he didn’t actually attend those events.
Following news of the audit, Favre promised to pay the full amount back in installments, starting with $500,000 that month. His company has yet to make another payment since.
“There is no update to provide,” Logan Reeves, spokesman for the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor, told USA Today. “He made the commitment which was in our press release a year ago today. He made the commitment to continue repaying the remainder of the $1.1 million after he made the $500,000 remittance.”
Favre has not been charged with any crime. The audit also determined Favre was unaware the money he received was from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
Despite Favre’s promise to repay in full the money he received from the program, he is under no legal obligation to do so unless directed by the federal government. Reeves told USA Today that the Office of the Inspector General will decide whether the $94 million will need to be repaid, and if Favre’s $1.1 million will be included in the total.
Even if the Inspector General decides it must be repaid, it will also decide who is responsible to repay the money; Reeves said it could determine the state of Mississippi will be responsible for repaying the money from its general fund, or the state department of human services (via withheld future funding).
“If he decides to make no further payment, that’s his decision until there’s some type of callback action taken by the federal government,” Reeves said. “And that may or may not happen.”
Reeves added that the Inspector General could also order Favre to repay the remaining $600,000.